- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Russia’s embassy in the U.K. turned heads on Thursday when it decided to convey hard news by using images from a zombie movie and a video game.

“Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo,” the embassy’s Twitter feed posted with an image from the video game “Command and Conquer.”

Another tweet read “Russia will continue to fight Nazism” with a link to world developments since World War II. The tweet was paired with an picture from the zombie movie “Dead Snow.”

Gizmodo, Popular Science, CNN and other outlets joined social media users in wondering why an official source for Russian diplomacy would reference video games to make a point about the Islamic State group.

Social media users soon posted pictures of Lego terrorists and screenshots from the old “Wolfenstein” video games, which covered World War II.

The embassy did note the images were “for illustration purposes only,” but the decision still left media outlets questioning the Russians’ editorial judgment.

“The Russians are taking their Twitter game to a whole new level,” CNN joked.

Popular Science did not mince words, saying the move was a “distraction from the awful truth of the war, where Russian airstrikes targeted hospitals and killed thousands of civilians.”

Russia is one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s staunchest allies. Its president, Vladimir Putin, has helped prevent Assad’s regime from totally disintegrating during the country’s five-year civil war.

Airstrikes and other forms of military assistance from Russia were formally approved in September 2015. Mr. Putin has said Russia has no plans to abandon its Hmeymim airbase or a naval facility at Tartous.

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